Without the use of chemicals in the production of crops as well as the innovation of GM crops, food prices would definitely be higher than they are presently. Organic crops are produced using few chemicals and they yield about 65 percent of what a conventional crop yields. By comparison, GM crops yield 22 percent above that of conventional crops, according to a meta-analysis* released last year. Weeds are incredibly competitive for water and nutrient resources, resulting in lower yields in all crops. GM crops offer better weed control than both conventional and organic crops, hence the higher yield. If chemicals and GM crops were not available to farmers, the food industry would have to compensate the lower yields with higher food prices.
QIf their was no GMOS or chemicals in our foods would our food prices be lower or higher ???
Question submitted By: iflower2020If their was no GMOS or chemicals in our foods would our food prices be lower or higher ???
Posted on July 30, 2018
Response from: Christopher Barbey, PhD Student, Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology • on July 27, 2018
Genetic engineering (GE) touches on the routine life of billions of people (but not everyone). Food, clothes, and medicine are commonly made with the help of genetically engineered organisms. Certain medicines, like insulin, could only be mass-produced this way. Fiber for clothes is made less expensive thanks to GE cotton plants. You also PROBABLY sometimes eat plants with a few engineered genes, depending on where you live. But genetic engineering isn’t just for making new or better... Read More
Posted on March 9, 2018
Response from: Shilpa Swarup, PhD, Pipeline Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto Company • on July 25, 2018
Thanks for the question. I believe you are asking about how corn hybrids are produced. For starters, corn plants have both female (silks and cobs) and male parts (tassels). This means that in a field of corn, any plant can fertilize any other plant (hybrid), including itself (inbred). Breeders create new hybrids by cross pollinating genetics of a specific male inbred (plants with uniform performance) with a specific female inbred. This is done by planting one row of the male... Read More
How can we make GMOs so that they do not do anything except for help our plants, and not hurt our body?
Posted on February 28, 2018
Response from: Andy Newhouse , P.h.D. Student • on July 20, 2018
This is an important question! Of course scientists wouldn't want to release any plants or products that would be harmful to humans. The first part of the answer is that I'm not aware of ANY examples of released GMOs hurting human bodies. In fact, GMO (or genetically engineered, GE) crops have actually helped both plants and human health, by making harvests more efficient and reducing the need to spray harmful pesticides. Safety to humans is an important part of the... Read More